News in brief

Residence fees to increase

Students entering residence next year will be required to pay roughly $500 more than in 2011-12, following a 4.5 per cent fee increase passed by the Board of Trustees in December.

“This is something that happens every single year,” said Bruce Griffiths, director of housing and hospitality.

Griffiths said the increase in fees is dependent on inflation rates and the goals for the year.

“If we want to improve a meal plan, if we want to have a big construction project, it’s sort of cost driven,” he said.

Griffiths said despite fee increases, there hasn’t been a drop in applicants.

“We’ve certainly seen other schools increase their fees by a higher percentage,” he said.

— Katherine Fernandez-Blance

Playing for a cure

The Cure Cancer Classic is looking to raise $1,500 more this year compared to last year.

The annual hockey tournament, which started out as a final project for a Commerce student, has since grown to be a larger event run by an executive team. There are eight teams from business schools across Ontario and Quebec signed up to play this year — up from four teams last year.

Co-chair for the event Taylor McManus said this year the tournament will donate money to the Canadian Cancer Society, instead of the Cancer Society of Southeastern Ontario, the charity chosen last year.

“Everyone on the executive had a specific story that dealt with cancer,” McManus, Comm ’12, said. “So we thought the best way to handle that was to give it to the Canadian Cancer Society so it can have a broad reach.”

The charity event is mostly run through the business schools at different universities, McManus said.

“It’s done on a relationship basis of who the executive knows and reaching out to different universities,” he said.

The main hockey tournament will run from Thursday to Saturday at the Cataraqui Community Centre.

“We have teams coming in from McGill, Carleton, Guelph, Laurier, Western, Ryerson and two Queen’s teams,” McManus said.

— Savoula Stylianou

Professor honoured

Queen’s geology professor Noel James was recently appointed as a member of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston. The Order of Canada recognizes an individual’s lifetime of service to the nation through their work.

James was among 66 other recipients that were announced by the Governor General on Dec. 30. He was recognized for his work on carbonate sedimentology, the study of sediments like gravel or clay that are composed of materials like calcium carbonate.

James is the third professor from the Queen’s department of geological sciences and geological engineering to become a member of the Order of Canada.

— Savoula Stylianou

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